Do you know how many people underestimate the amount of food they eat? No? Okay, I don’t either, but it’s a LOT. (The EatSmart people could probably tell you.) According to every dieting website or publication ever to exist, this is the reason calorie counters everywhere don’t lose weight. We think, “Oh, I’m only having 100 calories of ice cream, so it’s fine,” but in reality they’re eating about 360 calories worth.
It happens to the best of us. I know that I have always been horrible at estimating anything. Age, weight, ounces, cost, time, pretty much anything and everything. I missed that gene. I’ve learned to cope with my misfortune.
HOWEVER! Because I have read all of the dieting websites and publications that tell us how much I underestimate calories on a daily basis, and because despite my “best efforts” I am still considerably overweight, I am hyper-aware that I’m probably eating more than I think I’m eating.
And that, my calorie-and-therefore-portion-conscious friends, is where EatSmart comes in.
I was lucky enough to be gifted with an EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale at Fitbloggin. Truth be told, I was in the market for a kitchen scale, and had my eye on a pretty pink one on Amazon (because that is where I do all my shopping, or at least my browsing). But, I have bought kitchen scales in the past, and they’ll all been pretty much junk: they’re too hard to tare (which means resetting to zero after something, like a plate, is already on the scale so you can see what the next item you add, like your food, weighs), or they only go up to two pounds, or the platform is too small to actually hold anything, or they’re inaccurate/inconsistent, or they just stop working after a week or two. I have had every single one of those problems with scales. So while I was glad I was getting a scale to try out, I wasn’t wildly optimistic.
When I got the Precision Pro scale home and out of the box, I was even less optimistic. It was lightweight and seemed flimsy. The platform wasn’t all that big, and the screen could potentially be blocked by my plate. However, even though it wasn’t pink (mine is silver, exactly like the one pictured, though they do come in a few other colors), I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a shot. Also, it came with batteries, which gives it at least one star in my book right off the bat.
I thought the worst thing that could happen was that I got something that wouldn’t do me any good, would take up space on my counter for a few weeks, then break and get thrown out. Yes, hello, my name is Elisha and I am a skeptic.
And then I started using it.
The first thing I noticed is that I can set my plate on the platform and not only is it perfectly stable, but I can still see the digital reading, and I can still easily tare.
Okay, two stars, but how long will it last? I decided to wait a while before posting a review. You know, to give the flimsy scale a chance to prove me right.
Well, here it is the end of June, and I’ve been using the scale for over a month. As in, consistently using it. As in, on a daily basis. Multiple times per day.
It’s easy to use. I can toggle between ounces and grams without having to find an instruction manual, because you only need to press one button. I can tare between ingredients and it actually resets, because again, you only need to press one button. And that whole lightweight = flimsy thing? Turns out “lightweight” is a good thing, as I have very little counter space in my kitchen and am constantly moving it around. And I also have a toddler, not to mention an issue with, um, clumsiness, and let me just tell you, “flimsy” it is not.
The bottom line is, it works well, it’s easy to use, it’s easy to clean, it’s easy to move. What more could you ask for in a kitchen gadget product? Oh yeah, automatic shut-off, so the batteries don’t die when I forget to turn it off. Yeah, it’s got that too.
The best part? I actually know what I’m eating. Surprisingly, a lot of times I have been over-estimating my portions when I track them because I am so hyper-aware of the tendency to underestimate. For example, I was weighing what I thought was an ounce of fudge, ready to track all 89923847293 calories, and it turned out to be only a quarter of an ounce with a mere 60 calories.
And that, dear friends, is what you call WINNING.
Just for the record, I also lost about 6 pounds this month, which, while not a huge loss, is way more than I lost in the previous months. This is what accurately tracking your intake can do for you.
For me, it means that the EatSmart Precision Pro has earned its place on my counter.
As a lucky Fitbloggin‘ attendee, I was treated to a number of free items. One of the items was an EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale. They did ask me to write a review, but the opinion is all mine.